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General Education Requirements

Associate's Degrees and Bachelor's Degrees consist of two main components: General Education classes (GE) and Major classes.

GE courses include courses in English, Mathematics, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical and Biological Sciences.

It is recommended that you review the following GE plans and select the appropriate one to follow.

Associate Degree GE Pattern

This is the pattern followed by students planning to earn an A.S. or A.A. degree from Foothill College.

GE Options for Transfer

CSU Pattern

This pattern is recommended for community college students who plan to transfer to a CSU system and wants to complete lower division coursework for general education.

IGETC Pattern

By successfully completing this pattern, community college students satisfy the general education requirements at both the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU).

Note: Some majors, such as engineering, physical and natural sciences require extensive major preparation requirements in which case, IGETC is not recommended for these majors. Please see a counselor for details.

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